Abstract, Still Life, Oil Painting on Canvas, Contemporary, Vanitas Painting, by Rendered Impressions

Abstract, Still Life, Oil Painting on Canvas, Contemporary, Vanitas Painting, by Rendered Impressions


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Surface: Stretched canvas


Height: 16 Inches; Width: 20 Inches; Depth: .5 Inches

Contemporary abstract still life oil painting on canvas. This colorful still life oil painting was inspired by the symbolic nature of paintings done in the tradition of vanitas. Vanitas are a genre of still life that originated during the 16th century. These painting had strong moral messages regarding the transience of life and the futility of acquiring things.

In this painting I incorporated similar objects - things like fruit, a candle, ivy, dried flower buds and apothocary jars however view them in a different way and apply a different way of interpretation through the paint. Using bold colors and simplified shapes I tapped into the celebratory nature of life and living in the moment. I loved the vibrant yellow in the lemons equating them to having a "zest" for living. The candle seemed more symbolic of light and love. Dead flower buds often intrigue me and although their color becomes quite muted their form often has a rich, beautiful texture.

The abstract nature of this piece is important in that it asks the viewer to engage with these items in a new way, one that is less literal than historic vanitas. I used a lot of flat color bringing things into the picture plane on a more equal level from which to derive an experience.

This oil painting is very colorful and painted on a gallery wrapped canvas. There is visible brushwork throughout the painting which adds character to the composition. The artwork is signed and ready for framing.

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